Bettie Barnard was born in Rustenburg in 1914. She studied at University of Pretoria and
furthered her studies at the Pretoria Art Centre.
Throughout her life as an artist, Bettie explored with
various mediums and switched between non-figurative works and figurative art forms.
Her first one-man exhibition was in 1946 and from thereon in
she exhibited in places such as Paris, London and Taiwan.
She was a painter and graphic artist of portraits, still
life, genre, figures and abstracts, working in oil, watercolor, acrylic, mixed
media, collaged canvas and in various graphic media.
Bettie Cilliers-Barnard is represented in the following
collections: Hester Rupert Art Museum, Graaff-Reinet; King George VI Art
Gallery, Port Elizabeth; National Museum , Bloemfontein; Potchefstroom Museum;
Potchefstroom University for CHE; SA National Gallery, Cape Town; University of
Natal; University of the Orange Free State; University of Pretoria; University
of Pretoria; University of South Africa; University of Stellenbosch; University
of the Witwatersrand; Willem Annandale Art Gallery, Lichtenburg; William
Humphreys Art Gallery Kimberley.